Friends of Kootenay Blog

Access stories and photos about the natural and human history of Kootenay National Park and Columbia Valley Includes highlights about the Friends of Kootenay National Park activities and programs.



Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel


Born in June Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel pups grow quickly - Photo by Alan Dibb Read more »

Canoeing the Kootenay

Young British soldiers preparing to canoe the Kootenay River - Photo by Larry Halverson

While the Olympics were starting up in London about two dozen British soldiers were canoeing the Kootenay River. They started at the Kootenay River picnic site in the park and paddled for 3 days and 90 km to Canal Flats. Read more »

Before & After


Before - Photo by Alan Dibb Read more »

What's Up - Hairy Vetch

Hairy Vetch climbs by means of tendrils on it's leaves, often "scrambling" over other plants.
Photo by Larry Halverson Read more »

Stanley Glacier Trail

Trail all cleared - Photo by Alan Dibb 

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Muskrat swim by paddling with the hind feet, using the tail as a rudder - Photo by Larry Halverson

Muskrat’s protruding front teeth allow it also to chew underwater with its’ mouth closed -
Photo by Larry Halverson

Although common in the Columbia Valley muskrats have never become established in Kootenay National Park. The first recored for muskrats in Kootenay was a sighting from Sinclair Creek by park warden, Meredith in 1944. Another park warden also observed muskrat tracks at Dog Lake and in a wetland along Dolly Varden Creek. Five more earlier records include: one observation near Kay’s cabin in the Sinclair Creek drainage in 1947, Kurt Seel collected a muskrat skull from Redstreak Campground in 1963. In 1982 and again in 1999 one was killed on the highway in Sinclair Canyon. In October 1997 five muskrats were seen at Dog Lake.  Read more »

What's Up - Yellow Columbine

Yellow Columbine's pendant blossom swings with the slightest breeze - Photo by Larry Halverson

Yellow Columbine is one of the most familiar wildflowers in Kootenay. It distinctive shape makes it unmistakable and cannot be confused with other wildflowers. Read more »



Friends of Kootenay received this photo and note from Alan Dibb, Kootenay's Wildlife Biologist.

"Here is a picture looking east from the summit of the Kindersley-SinclairTrail this afternoon - July 20, 2012. Still a few snow patches and some avalanche debris on the trail, but overall quite good traveling now." Read more »

Weed Guide

Contains detailed descriptions for 42 non-native plant species that currently pose the greatest threats
plus brief descriptions on an addition 21 invasive plants that are of concern.

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Feeding Time


Cliff Swalow's unique mud nest - Photo by Alan Dibb
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